EA Montreal sees "small number" of layoffs in reorganization

EA has confirmed that some teams are switching focus to digital

EA Montreal is dealing with a "very small number" of layoffs this week, Electronic Arts has confirmed to GamesIndustry International. After we were tipped off by an industry source about the layoffs, EA confirmed that EA Montreal is indeed undergoing a reorganization.

"EA Montreal is reorganizing some teams to focus on digital initiatives, including new mobile and social projects," EA corporate communications told us. "These are routine changes which address the cyclical nature of the game industry. A very small number of employees will be impacted - many will be assigned to new projects at EA, others will leave the company."

EA added, "Overall, we expect that EA's headcount will be up at the end of this year," reiterating the company's line from last week about its global workforce.

EA Montreal has worked on franchises like Army of Two, Boogie, Skate It and more. While our source indicated that the cuts at the studio were as high as 50 employees, it appears that the number actually leaving EA may be fewer.

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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus10 years ago
In a company EA's size, 50 people isn't even a rounding error.
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William Usher Assistant Editor, Cinema Blend10 years ago
Why am I not surprised? Feels like there's a battle between trying to slap some transparency on EA's inner business workings and EA trying to keep that door slammed shut.
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Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ10 years ago
My heart stopped, as I thought this was about Eidos Montreal! Don't touch my Thief 4 team! Most eagerly awaited game of the millenium.

A few people let go at EA?
Not really even news. "-)
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Julian Cram Quality Analyst (Test), Wicked Witch Software10 years ago
Can we PLEASE stop saying in the games press that this or that is caused from games "going digital".

They've been digital since Spacewar!
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